Naomi Osaka to leave the Tokyo Olympics without a medal: loses in the third round to Marketa Vondrousova.
Naomi Osaka will leave the Tokyo Olympics 2020 without a medal. The four-time Major League Baseball champion was defeated in the third round on Tuesday by Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.
Vondrousova, a 2019 French Open finalist, advances with the 6-1, 6-4 victory.
Osaka, who had 32 unforced errors in the match, is not the first big-name she has lost early in the women’s draw. World No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty of Australia lost in the first round to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.
No. 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus also started losing to Croatian Donna Vekic in the second round.
But this discomfort is possibly much more significant than those. However, this is the first time Osaka had lost on a hard court before the quarterfinals.
Earlier, she lost to American Coco Gauff in the third round. All seven of Osaka’s career titles have come on hard courts.
Osaka, 23, lit the Olympic cauldron to open the Games officially. Born in Osaka, Japan, Osaka, having a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, she moved to the United States at the age of 3. She is ranked No. 2 in the world.
Following the opening ceremony, Osaka tweeted: “Hands down the greatest athletic achievement and honor I will ever have in my life.”
“I feel like there was a lot of pressure for this,” Osaka said after the game. “I think it’s maybe because I haven’t played in the Olympics before, and for the first year, it was too much. I think I’m happy with how I played, to take that break that I had.
However, the Olympics were Osaka’s first tournament since she withdrew from the French Open two months ago, citing her mental health.
“I’ve taken long breaks before and managed to get it right,” Osaka said. “I’m not saying that I did it wrong at the moment, but I do know that my expectations were much higher.
She also added, “I feel like my attitude wasn’t that great because I don’t know how to deal with that pressure, so that’s the best thing I could have done in this situation.”
Vondrousova, 22, will face Spain’s Paula Badosa or Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska.
Osaka is on the roster to play at the US Open in New York, which begins in August. She is the defending champion.
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